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Physiological and Psychological Benefits of Early-Age Swimming

Here at Swim Baby, we believe that a baby’s love for the water should be nurtured and that’s one of the reasons why we are such huge advocates for splash time! Whether in the tub or in the pool, getting in and having a good old splash is great fun, and we think that swimming is such an important life skill to have too. So why should your child learn to swim?

As a parent, if you’re struggling to think of the perfect recipe of activities to keep your kids active, safe, and engaged from an early age, then add swimming lessons to the mix. Swimming lessons are the perfect recipe for summer fun, but provide your child with a host of physiological and psychological benefits as well.

Swimming lessons foster social development
From the minute they’re born until the moment they set foot in daycare, kids spend the majority of their time with parents, brothers, and sisters. Group swimming lessons create a social environment that helps kids succeed. During lessons, children learn to communicate with others their age, share pool equipment, take turns, and make new friends. In addition to the peer benefits, kids learn to vocalize their needs to non-parent adults, which promotes good manners, speech skills, and self-control. The pool becomes a practice arena for honing social competence, which paves the way for kids to dive into the deep end in school.

Healthy habits for life
For better or for worse, lifelong habits are formed when kids are young. Kids who start swimming at an early age discover the joy that comes from physical activity and by adopting this exercise habit, they’ll reap lifelong health benefits. Because water is 800 times denser than air, it provides a fun strength-building medium; performing any stroke engages muscles throughout the body – particularly the core, legs, and shoulders. Strong core muscles are especially helpful for stability, balance, and spinal health. Plus, the anaerobic exercise boosts lung capacity and cardiovascular efficiency. Strengthening these muscle groups creates conditioning that kids can later draw on in sports.

Boosting body awareness & self-esteem
Think about the awareness you have about how your body takes up space as it moves through the world. It’s called “proprioception.” Studies find that babies who spend time swimming before the age of two develop this bodily awareness to a greater degree than those who don’t. This allows children to become more creative, capable, and observant adults. Buoyancy provides the ultimate freedom of movement, giving kids the power to bend and flex in ways they never thought possible. Plus, they can try out new moves – like tumbling, handstands, and “flying” – in what feels like zero gravity. Bouts of self-doubt are an inevitable part of childhood; learning to swim helps to replace doubt with confidence. Simply trying new things is enough to boost a kid’s self-esteem, not to mention the thrill of facing new challenges, conquering personal fears, and making friends.

Safety first
Reputable swimming lessons will always include water safety. Your child should be taught to tread water, return to the side independently, and roll to their back if they become tired. Water safety is a cornerstone of swim lessons, but it is only the tip of the iceberg.

With summer just around the corner, swim lessons will provide your kids with a host of other physical and psychological benefits. Once they learn the basics, swimming becomes a means for kids to bond with their parents, siblings, and friends. Unlike many land-based sports, swimming teaches an essential skill. A child who can swim can go to water parks, play in the surf, snorkel, tube, and dive – giving families more opportunities to spend time together under the summer sun.

Welcome to the Swim Baby website. Swim Baby is a baby, toddler and learn-to-swim Swim School offering babies from as young as birth up until around 4 years old on how to be safe, confident and enjoy the water from a young age, thereby ensuring a healthy relationship with water throughout their lives. Please feel free to browse this site at your leisure, and should you not find what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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